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Common Man Captures Top Economic Development Honors

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Excellent customer service, delicious food and commitment to the community was all part of the recipe that led to the Common Man Family of Restaurants being named “Company of the Year” as part of the “2010 Commissioner’s Awards for Economic Development Excellence” recently announced at the 15th Annual New Hampshire Economic Development Summit held at Southern New Hampshire University.

Common Man Owner Alex Ray (center) receives the “Commissioner’s Company of the Year” award from New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald (l.) and New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy (r.).

Common Man Owner Alex Ray (center) receives the “Commissioner’s Company of the Year” award from New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald (l.) and New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy (r.).

“With great attention directed toward creating the perfect customer experience and an unyielding desire to be a true community partner, the Common Man has become a New Hampshire treasure,” New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald said. “This is a company that has incorporated charitable giving and service to others as part of its corporate philosophy resulting in a world class business worthy of emulation.”

What started as a small Ashland restaurant with only enough room for 35 customers, the Common Man has grown to 17 restaurants, two inns, a company story and a movie house. However, Alex Ray and his staff are known just as much for their community service and charitable endeavors as they are for their award-winning eateries. In January 2010, upon learning of the devastation caused in Haiti after a massive earthquake, the Common Man Family of Restaurants put forth a “Common Effort for Haiti,” event, donating 50 percent of all food sales at 15 of its locations to disaster relief efforts.

Closer to home, the Common Man has supported countless non-profit agencies with funding, food donations and even the creation of Webster Place Center, a non-profit, residential treatment facility to assist those struggling to overcome alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence.

Other category winners are as follows:

“Commissioner’s Special Achievement Award” – Stay Work Play organization for their efforts in youth retention and letting young people know about all of the work and cultural amenities available in New Hampshire.

“Commissioner’s Exemplary Effort Award” – Jim Hinson, State Program Coordinator/Corporate Relations for New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation for his advocacy work in helping people with disabilities to secure employment.

“Commissioner’s Teamwork Award” – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for its efforts to streamline permitting processes for New Hampshire businesses.

“Commissioner’s Award for Media Excellence” – Business New Hampshire Magazine for fashioning a 26-year history of exemplary journalism.

The 15th Annual New Hampshire Economic Development Summit was sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire and Sales Protocol with support from media sponsor New Hampshire Business Review.

NH High Tech Council Entrepreneur Forum Presenters, Sky Dive Participants and Panelists Set for 10/20 Event

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The October 20 NH High Tech Council Entrepreneur Forum will feature IPlayerHD and Securlytics CEOs presenting their products to a panel of experts and a live audience to gain feedback and insight on marketability and finance strategies.  Stay Work Play and Resara representatives will also be on hand for “sky dive pitches” designed to create visibility and engagement with the audience.   
nhhtcThe October 20 event will be held at the FIRST headquarters in Manchester New Hampshire from 5:20 until 8:30 pm. iPHD and Securlytics won the right to present at the Forum following a very competitive application and review process.  The cost for the event is only $25 for NHHTC members and $30 for non-members and individuals can register online at www.nhhtc.org or by calling 924-4311.
Panelists include the following:
Bill McCullen is director of the Boston office of LaunchCapital.  He has several years experience as a private investor in companies in the networking, semiconductor, clean energy and on-line markets.  Prior to LaunchCapital he was a sell side equity analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group in Boston covering telecommunications and networking stocks.  Bill has also worked in senior product marketing and business development roles at local start-ups WindSpeed Access Systems, Teraphase and Sycamore Networks. Bill began his career at Lucent Technologies where he held a variety of technical and marketing positions.

David Cutler is president of Creative Business Development and serves as an integrated marketing, advertising, and sales advisor for companies of all sizes that want to discover innovative ways to take advantage of new opportunities with the Internet and New Media. Graduating from Boston University, he headed to Madison Avenue and settled in Boston doing business development for print, TV, events, Internet, mobile, and social media. Clients include: Anheuser-Busch, AOL, Campbell’s Soup, Cisco, Discovery, General Mills, Hasbro, Kodak, Lifetime, McCann Ericson, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Pioneer, QVC, Rainbow, Roche, Royal Caribbean, S&P, Showtime, Starwood Resorts, Stop & Shop, Sun, Viacom, Yahoo!

iPlayerHD is a powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use tool that delivers a stunning web video experience. iPHD’s simple interface makes it a breeze to quickly upload video content and immediately display it on customizable iPHD web pages or within customizable embedded players.  iPHD is a profitable, subscription-based HD web video hosting and streaming video solution. Their platform is ad-free so video messages are branded by the customer. The company currently is based in Newfields, New Hampshire. 

Wes Moore, founder and CEO of iPlayerHD, will make the presentation.  He has 25 years experience as an entrepreneur. iPlayerHD is his eighth start-up. Over the last ten years, Wes’ focus has been on video, first with Moore Digital, which he launched in 2000 and sold to Homemovie.com in 2003, followed by MooreCast.com, which delivers do-it-yourself websites with heavy emphasis on web video. Prior to 2000, Wes owned a string of successful companies including Material Handling Installations, which peaked at six million in sales in 2000 and Moore Staffing Solutions which he sold in 2001.

Securlytics targets user persona and delivers targeted relevant content to the users. Securlytics usage metrics tracks the user behavior, and suggests content based on keyword searches made by peers. For content publishers, Securlytics secures their intellectual property from unauthorized distribution, enhances their ability to improve the content based on analytics provided and target content delivery based on the user behavior. Securlytics focuses on content distributed using physical media and cloud delivered content.  The company is currently based in Northborough, MA.

George Adams will represent Securlytics.  He is a 25 year veteran in information technology, with over 10 of those years specializing in IT security and compliance. Before co-founding Securlytics, he was CEO of SSH Communications Security Inc. which he built from start-up to a world-leading developer of software solutions for scalable secure Internet communications, and co-led the SSH $400M IPO. More than 200 of the Fortune 500, all major US Government agencies, and over 4,000 SMB’s now use SSH Tectia to secure file transfers and data-in-motion. Prior to SSH, George was VP of Marketing and Business Development at Phoenix Technologies Ltd.  He also started/built successful new businesses at Sun Microsystems, VC-funded Cyborg Corp, Intel, and Analog Devices.  

Sky Dive presenters are as follows:.
Stay Work Play NH, Inc. was established as a nonprofit organization in 2009 to further the 55% Initiative, and support and advance several recommendations made by the Governor’s Task Force on Young Worker Retention.  It serve as an independent organization that runs a comprehensive website and associated marketing effort regarding what New Hampshire can offer to the 20-30 year old demographic in terms of staying, working, and playing here.   

Resara LLC is a software company that was founded in 2005 by two passionate, young entrepreneurs.  The company launched with a Linux computer solution for schools, which has built Resara into a reliable small business.  Today, Resara is diversifying its offerings with a new product geared toward small businesses, with the aim to significantly grow the company over the next five years. 

The event includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and networking opportunities, as well as the presentations and opportunities to engage the presenters at the event and in questions and answer sessions.

Stay Work Play Launches Web Site at Gala Party

Monday, October 11th, 2010

At their “sold out” launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week, Stay Work Play officially launched their website with help from New Hampshire’s Super Secret Project, event sponsor Citizens Bank, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, and attendees including young professionals and leaders from across the state.

(L to R) Chris Williams, Gray Chynoweth, Cathy Schmidt, Mayor Ted Gatsas, and Kate Luczko enjoy the festivities at Stay Work Play’s Website Launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

(L to R) Chris Williams, Gray Chynoweth, Cathy Schmidt, Mayor Ted Gatsas, and Kate Luczko enjoy the festivities at Stay Work Play’s Website Launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

The event, also a kickoff to a fall NH college campus tour, featured a live performance from The Super Secret Project. The Super Secret Project performed their newest release, “Middle Class in the USA” and also the New Hampshire-themed music video “Granite State of Mind” with a special Stay Work Play twist.

“Last night we started a bit of a revolution,” said Graham Chynoweth, co-chair of the Stay Work Play Board and Vice President of Business Operations & General Counsel at Dynamic Network Services, Inc. “StayWorkPlay.org is revolutionary because it is changing the way New Hampshire looks at itself and what others think of us. NH isn’t just a good place to start a family; it’s a great place to launch careers and start-up companies. It isn’t just a place to go camping; it’s a place to go to concerts. It’s not just a good place to retire; it’s a really cool place to live.”

Planned for the fall and winter, the college campus tour will bring entertainment to a few New Hampshire college campuses to engage students and encourage them to use the Stay Work Play web site at www.stayworkplay.org and organization as a resource for launching a career in New Hampshire. Stay Work Play is rapidly building a following on Facebook and Twitter and traffic has been building steadily since the beta launch of the site over the summer. The Stay Work Play website includes hundreds of links to other websites, as well as information, photos, and content that is divided into sections that relate to staying, working, and playing in New Hampshire. Special features include linkages to all of the young professionals networks across the state, to Facebook and Twitter feeds, a living index, and resources regarding  jobs in the state, housing, events, and activities.

“The Stay Work Play Initiative is especially important to Manchester since our city is the business capitol of the state and home to 11 colleges and universities, educating more than 15,000 students each year, “ said Chris Wellington, Marketing & Retention Specialist for the Manchester Economic Development Office. “The city looks forward to working with Stay Work Play to help retain these young professionals and provide them with the opportunities they need to prosper both professionally and personally. The greatest challenge facing New Hampshire is the perception that Boston provides the greatest professional opportunities for graduates and young professionals. Stay Work Play will provide the state with a voice to let students know that New Hampshire and Manchester can not only provide graduates and young professionals with the same professional opportunities as Boston but also an unmatched quality of life.”

Over the next several months, the organization plans to add in a customized events calendar, enhance the job search component, launch a video contest, and is partnered with Business NH Magazine for the “Rising Stars” Young Professional Award, an inaugural event that will recognize companies and individuals who excel at addressing the needs of younger workers in New Hampshire. Attendees at this event, being held at Red River Theatre in Concord, will hear keynote speaker Peter Egelston, president of Smuttynose Brewing Company, share his story and advice for NH’s young professionals and entrepreneurs. Plus after the event there will be an exclusive showing of a cult classic movie. The event is being held on November 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration can be found at www.eventsNH.com or by calling (603) 626-6354.

Wind, Solar and Geothermal….Oh My….

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Over 30 exhibitors will be displaying the latest energy efficiency offerings at Greenerpalooza III, scheduled for August 12th at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford.

A number of "green" vendors will be displaying their wares at Greenerpalooza III.

A number of "green" vendors will be displaying their wares at Greenerpalooza III.

Sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire, Citizens Bank and media sponsor NH Business Review in coordination with the NH Business Resource Center, Greenerpalooza is a celebration of energy efficiency efforts in the Granite State. Set against the backdrop of a Sheryl Crow/Colbie Caillat concert, this is a truly an event that encourages the exchange of information between green businesses and 5,000 concert goers.

This year, attendees will be able to visit with the following exhibitors:
Public Service of New Hampshire
Citizens Bank
Acorn Organic Salon
Build Green NH
Lakes Region Heating & AC
Ultra Geothermal
GDS Associates Inc.
Lakes Region Community College
Dawn Solar Systems
KW Management Inc.
Frase Electric LLC
Energy Audits Unlimited
ConVerdant Vehicles
Green Alliance
Water Energy Distributors
Just Be Products LLC
Sendout Cards
Atlantic Home Systems
The Mountain
The Water Depot of New England
NH Department of Environmental Services
Upper Valley Green
Greensource Energy Solutions
Stay Work Play
Resource Management, Inc.
NH Division of Economic Development
NH Business Review
Epiphanies, Inc.
Belknap Landscape Company

Greenerpalooza will also feature an appearance by Reverb this year. Reverb is a non-profit environmental organization that educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability. It was founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner.

Reverb’s greening services include carbon neutral concerts and venues; biodiesel for vehicles and generators; waste reduction; biodegradable catering products; recycling; green bus supplies and cleaners; energy efficiency; green contract rider; eco-friendly merchandise; green sponsorship; and on site and on-line fan outreach.

To purchase tickets to Greenerpalooza III, visit www.meadowbrook.net.

Young Professionals Awards Competition Announced

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Business NH Magazine, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and the Stay Work, Play initiative are launching four new Young Professionals Awards competitions.

In order to remain competitive, NH needs to attract and retain younger talent. There have been several initiatives launched focused on that, from the formation of young professionals groups throughout the state to the University System of NH’s 55 Percent Initiative, to a governor’s task force on the retention of young people that led to the establishment of the Stay, Work, Play initiative.

young-professionalsTo further spotlight this important issue, Business NH Magazine is working with Stay, Work Play, the state’s Young Professionals organizations and the New Hampshire Division of  Economic Development to launch a new awards program recognizing outstanding young professionals, initiatives to keep them here and the businesses that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

There are six Young Professionals Awards. Companies and individuals are invited to apply online, and applying for more than one award is encouraged.

1. The Coolest Companies for Young Professionals will honor one small company, one medium-sized company and one large company, all in NH. 

2. The Young Professional of the Year award honors an outstanding professional 40 years old or younger. 

3. The Young Professionals Network Program of the Year will honor an innovative program developed by a young professional group.

4. The Stay, Work, Play Leadership Award will be given to an individual, organization, initiative or program in NH that supports young professionals in NH.

To apply, visit the “Competitions” link at www.millyardcommunications.com. Applications are due by Thursday, August 12. Winners will be featured in the Young Professionals Guide in the November issue of Business NH Magazine and feted at an awards ceremony in November.

A Great Opportunity to “Stay, Work & Play”

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Now more than ever, states are working diligently to keep their best and brightest talent right at home. Thankfully, in New Hampshire, there is a new initiative that has made youth retention top priority.

With that in mind, we have some great news to share as the temporary Stay Work Play web site is now live at www.stayworkplay.org.  Our good friend Matt Cookson at the University System of New Hampshire has been a tremendous leader on this project and is currently seeking to feature content on the planned permanent site that includes stories, images and video of individual’s stories.  This is the ongoing effort that is building on the 55% Initiative and encouraging more young workers to look carefully at NH as a place to stay, work, and play.   The temporary site was designed to hold background information on the SWP organization as it works toward building the larger site and launching it later this year.   

stay-work-playDesigned as a destination site for the 20-30 year old market, this website will include robust content around the three major themes, links to employment tools and opportunities, and social marketing tools and services. The group wants to include as much original content in this site as possible.  As a result, they are soliciting content suggestions through their Facebook group called “Stay Work Play NH”.  They are encouraging people to post on this group page brief testimonials about why they chose to settle in NH and what they like best about the state, photos of them in one of their favorite NH places or doing one of their favorite activities in the state, and links to videos posted on You Tube that showcase something special about NH.  Please consider joining the group, posting content, and sharing this with others.  Content and linkages can also be sent directly to Matt Cookson at matt.cookson@usnh.edu. Great job Matt and company!

Get Sociably Ahead of the Curve

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Now here’s an opportunity you can’t refuse….learn how to network and build business relationships without having to blow a day on the golf course or get cornered by the widget salesman with the spitting problem at your 1,000th “Business After Hours” of the year.

Social marketing isn’t just a buzzword or a fad. It’s the way that more and more savvy business professionals are choosing to communicate. If you’ve never tweeted or posted a photo of your new product on your Facebook account, you’re missing a valuable, low cost marketing opportunity.

mspot_epiphanies_logoRecognizing how valuable this productivity tool is, the NH Division of Economic Development, in coordination with its “social marketing gurus” Epiphanies, Inc. , Public Service of NH and the “Stay, Work & Play” initiative  will host the first annual “A-Ha!” NH Social Media Business Summit at PSNH, 780 North Commercial Street in Manchester, on Monday, June 15th from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This event is geared towards entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, business owners, and companies of all sizes and industries.

Sessions for the event include:

« Beyond the Hype: A No-nonsense Introduction to Social Media’s Real Power and Promise for NH Businesses (especially in this untamed economic environment)

« 7 Powerful Ways to Use Social Media Right Now to Boost Visibility, Cultivate Relationships, Outshine Competitors and Get Results

« Yes, It Can Be Measured! How to Tell If Your Social Marketing Efforts Are Delivering Results

« Social Marketing Success Stories: Panel Discussion with Q & A

Workshop sessions will be presented/moderated by Lani & Allen Voivod, co-owners of Epiphanies, Inc., a social marketing & success strategies firm based in the Lakes Region, with other featured speakers to be announced. Outgoing USNH Chancellor Stephen Reno will deliver opening remarks, and there will be a facilitated networking lunch as well.

As a special gift to New Hampshire’s business community, admission is free. However, there are only 100 slots available, so early registration is strongly suggested. To register, go to www.AhaNH.com. For more information, call Epiphanies, Inc at (603) 524-5248.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director